In a letter to the California Coastal Commission earlier this week, SeaWorld San Diego has officially cancelled plans to move forward with the Blue World project, a $100 million dollar project that would greatly expand its killer whale habitat.
Last year, the project was approved by the Commission with the stipulation that the park end its breeding program, and condition that caused the park to sue the Commission, claiming that the condition lies outside of the power of the Commission.
With the withdrawal of the Blue World plans, the legal dispute is no longer required, as SeaWorld Parks announced last month that all of their parks would cease killer whale breeding. SeaWorld has said that the $100 million dedicated to Blue World will be focused on other attractions that will focus on conservation and will improve the public opinion of the company while attracting guests to return to SeaWorld Parks.
"Welcome aboard Mass Effect: New Earth at California's Great America, where anyone can be an explorer," says the narrator. "Please prepare for an immersive, 4D holographic across the galaxy...if you dare."
Writing on Twitter, Great America said the attraction features the "world's largest 3D LED screen." The ride was produced in partnership with Electronic Arts and Mass Effect developer BioWare.
When New Earth was announced in September 2015, it was described as a "first-of-its-kind guest experience," featuring "settings and characters" from the series, brought to life virtually.
Visitors will "climb aboard motion-based seating and wear 3D glasses, live performers will curate the journey and interact seamlessly with the 'next generation 3D visual.'" In addition to the motion seating, the ride will have "high-tech sound and other 4D effects."
Mike Sheeler has dibs on the new colossal steel roller coaster starting to reshape the skyline of Adventureland.
"I told them I'm first in line," he said.
As a kid, Sheeler spent many summer days at Adventureland. Then he took his own boys there.
Now, as a foreman for concrete subcontractor Cameron Mitchell, he's helping bring to life the Altoona amusement park's first new roller coaster in more than two decades.
"I've worked on a lot of big buildings, buildings downtown," Sheeler said. "None of them compare to the Adventureland Monster."
So far, the roller coaster's construction is on track for a June opening. It replaces the much-beloved Log Ride, which crews began removing after Labor Day.
Parts started arriving this winter for the new $9 million roller coaster, which was designed and manufactured by the German firm Gerstlauer. Uncompleted supports and pieces of track that jut into the air are already visible to drivers on nearby
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